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FPC Future event brings together innovation, produce tech leaders this week

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The Fresh Produce Consortium is hosting a new event called FPC Future on Thursday at Epic Centre, Lincolnshire Showground that will feature the most groundbreaking developments in the industry, including robotics and automation.

The goal of the event is to give produce leaders the opportunity to see how new innovations across the supply chain can help them be more efficient and more productive.

FPC Future will kick off with a welcome from Promar International’s John Giles and a short introduction from Simon Pearson of co-host University of Lincoln on the future of work in horticulture.

In addition to the multitude of top speakers lined up in its theatre, there also will be working displays from exhibitors to showcase their products and services. All areas of the chain are expected to be highlighted, including data driven technology, plastics and packaging, food waste, carbon supply chains, vertical farming and sustainability.

Some of the notable sessions and presenters include:


  • Richard Harnden, Berry Gardens on Automation and Robotic for Strawberry Production
  • Jonathan Featherstone, Featherstone Machinery on Solving the Challenges in Adopting Automation
  • Sarah-Jayne Gratton, The Influencers on How Artificial Intelligence is Revolutionising Agriculture
  • Vidyanath Gururajan and James Truscott, B-hive Innovations and Branston Ltd on Optimising the fresh produce supply chain and reducing wastage through AI technology
  • Giles Barker, KisanHub on Digitising the supply chain: How data can strengthen customer relationships
  • Mihai Ciobanu, Fresh4cast, Using AI to improve profitability in fresh produce
  • Luis Apodaca, Graphic Packaging International, Fibre-based produce packaging in a circular economy
  • Dr Drew Reynolds, Total Produce on Tackling Waste in the Supply Chain
  • Karen Covey, G’s on More Data – less Waste
  • Duncan Botting, Global Smart on Supply Chains – how can they impact carbon emissions reductions?
  • Bob Doherty, University of York on The Role of Innovation in Growing more Fruit and Veg in the UK Sustainably
  • Dr Jim Stevens, Vertical Future on Where Vertical Farming & Plant Science Meet
  • Elad Mardix, Clarifruit on What do fresh produce stakeholders have to gain from digitizing their fresh produce QC?
  • Will Hill, Frupro on The future of the Fresh Produce Industry

The event is also co-located with the FPC Careers event that will be geared toward those seeking new paths in the industry and those looking for changes in their work.

Those interested in registering can click here.

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